African Scholars Host Bookfair to Support Cultural Exchange Program

The Amherst Regional High School African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Friday, December 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley.

The event is a fundraiser for the group’s exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program’s scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.

The fair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the afternoon and evening:

Ongoing:
Children’s Stories
Friendship bracelet workshop
Scavenger hunt
Free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea)
Africa-themed books to browse

 4:30 p.m. and 6:30p.m.:
African Jeopardy game

Up to 20% of all sales at Barnes & Noble that day will be donated to the African Scholars Program if patrons identify themselves as bookfair participants. Online purchases may also be credited to the African Scholars Program at www.barnesandnoble.com/ using the bookfair ID 11465887 at checkout.

The African Scholars Program hosted a group of students and teachers from a school in Dakar, Senegal, in April. Fourteen Amherst Regional students were preparing preparing for a return visit in February 2015, but the trip was postponed for a year due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The group will also travel to The Gambia, where they will stay in a rural village. The 2016 journey will be the program’s second exchange trip to West Africa.

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African Scholars Raise Funds to Combat Ebola – UPDATE

UPDATE: THE WEST AFRICAN TAKE-OUT FUNDRAISER YIELDED $1,500 TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA.  THE FUNDS WILL BE DONATED TO PARTNERS IN HEALTH:

http://www.pih.org/blog/partners-in-health-ebola-response

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS!

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The ARHS African Scholars have been planning an exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia, but it was recently postponed due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The scholars are channeling their disappointment into action against this deadly disease by bringing back the popular

WEST AFRICAN TAKE-OUT FUNDRAISER

Meals (in microwavable containers) will be available for pick-up on Thursday, November 6, 3-5 p.m., at Amherst Regional High School

 The Menu

thiouVegetarian Thiou

Chunky vegetable stew in a savory sauce, served with jasmine rice

 


Chicken Yassachicken yassa

Chicken cooked with onions, olives, and lime served with jasmine rice and vegetables

 

 

Proceeds benefit local health organizations working on the ground against Ebola in West Africa.

Download the flyer, which includes the names and e-mail addresses of African Scholars with whom you can place your order: West African Take-out Fall 2014.

Questions?  Call Call Kathy at 362-1727 (weekdays) or Bruce at 253-2669 (evenings/weekends).

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Support the African Scholars Program Scholarship Fund!

The African Scholars Program is preparing for its second exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia in February 2015.  An energetic cohort of students has been preparing for the trip since December 2013 by attending biweekly evening classes and conducting fundraisers for the program’s scholarship fund.  The African Scholars Program is committed to making the exchange experience accessible to all students, regardless of income.  If you would like to help support a student participate in this life-changing cultural exchange, please consider making a contribution to the African Scholars Program scholarship fund.

Please make your check payable to Amherst Regional High School, with African Scholars Program on the subject line, and mail it to this address:

African Scholars Program
Attention: Kathy Wilkes
Amherst Regional High School
Amherst, MA 01002

If you have questions, please e-mail wilkesk@arps.org.  Thank you for your support of our African Scholars!

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Bookfair to Benefit African Scholars Program at Barnes and Noble June 7

SAVE THE DATE! The ARHS African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley. The event is a fundraiser for the group’s exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program’s scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.

The bookfair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the day:

10:00     Children’s stories
10:30     Printmaking workshop
12:00     Scavenger hunt
1:00     Children’s stories
1:30     Friendship bracelet workshop
2:00     African cooking demonstration
3:00     African geography game

All day events:

  • African art display
  • Free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea)
  • Africa-themed books to browse

Up to 20% of all sales at Barnes & Noble that day will be donated to the African Scholars Program if patrons identify themselves as bookfair participants. Please come and support this worthy cultural exchange program!

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Liven Up Your March Madness Menu with West African Take-out!

Liven up your March Madness menu with some savory dishes from West Africa!  Order delicious TAKE-OUT MEALS from the ARHS

AFRICAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Meals (in microwavable containers) will be available for pick-up on Thursday, March 27, 3-5 p.m., at Amherst Regional High School

 The Menu

thiouVegetarian Thiou

Chunky vegetable stew in a savory sauce, served with jasmine rice

 


Chicken Yassachicken yassa

Chicken cooked with onions, olives, and lime served with jasmine rice and vegetables

 

 

Proceeds benefit the African Scholars Program scholarship fund, which assists students who are working to participate in ARHS’s exchange program with schools in Senegal and The Gambia.

Download the order form: West African Take-out

Questions?  Call or text 413-687-0910 or e-mail penniman@english.umass.edu.

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African Scholars Program Exchange Trip – February 2013

The long-awaited African Scholars Program exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia has happened!  A group of seven students and three advisors left ARHS on February 5 and returned on February 25.  They shared their experiences and research projects with the community in the ARHS library on April 3. The photo below shows the exchange group with their Senegalese hosts. To read an article about the trip from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, click here.

indoor group photo

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Back in Dakar

After a wonderful week in The Gambia, the African scholars have made a two-day journey back to Dakar, stopping on the way to visit Juffureh (site of Alex Haley’s Roots), Joal-Fadiouth (a majority Christian village built on a man-made shell island), and the Bandia Nature Reserve (home to rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and many other interesting animals).  Students are back with their Senegalese host families.  We have one more outing tomorrow, then fly home late, late Sunday night, returning to Amherst midday Monday.

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Digging into The Gambia Experience

DSC00832We arrived in Gunjur, The Gambia, late Tuesday night, and spent the day Wednesday touring the village, having lunch at Momodou Sarr’s family compound, and getting to know host families.  Today, Thursday, we visited Sifoe Senior Secondary School and attended a variety of classes. At the end of the day, each member of the group planted a lime tree on the school grounds as part of the agriculture program.

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Experiencing Dakar

DSC00639This picture was taken at the Parc Zoologique, near our partner school in Dakar, Cour Sainte Marie de Hann.  We all saw some real lions and many other African animals there.

The students are really enjoying their hosts and visiting classes in the school.  Today they made a presentation about Amherst to two large groups of students, and the students asked lots of questions about our school and America.

DSC00689While sampling authentic Senegalese cuisine at a restaurant in downtown Dakar, we were treated to a performance by a griot on the kora.  He sang about each person by name, a great honor for us.  It was a great experience, as was the food (even though some of us were a bit squeamish about fish being served with the head and tail still attached).  Vegetarianism is bit of a mystery to most people here, but we’re managing to accommodate everyone’s diet.

Tomorrow we leave for The Gambia for an eight-day stay there – we will be in a village, not a big city, so the experience will be quite different.

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Ready for Departure at JFK

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